Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Also known as Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, is a rare neurologic disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, and may eventually lead to complete paralysis. Most people recover from Guillain-Barré syndrome, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue. 

Most people who suffer from Guillain-Barre Syndrome develop it after recovering from an infection, such as the flu, bronchitis, or even food poisoning.

This connection to a prior infection is important. Indeed, vaccinations containing strains of infectious diseases, such as the flu shot, have been linked to the development of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, albeit in rare cases. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration maintain a database of reported incidences of the development of Guillain-Barre Syndrome following vaccinations.



Guillain-Barre Syndrome caused by the flu vaccine is one of the injuries that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program identifies as deserving of monetary compensation.

Not All Vaccines Are Covered

The Vaccination Injury Compensation Program mandates that only certain vaccines are covered. For a full list of covered vaccines, please click the link below. It is important to note that Lawyer’s fees are paid out of the Fund whether you win or lose, as long as the case was filed “in good faith and with a reasonable basis.” 

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